Statistical Mechanics Study Group

Spring 2009

Time:  Thursdays of "odd" weeks at 5pm (note new time!)
Location:  Maths Room 513

General Idea: The aim of these meetings is to provide a forum to discuss both our own work and other recent (or not-so-recent) developments in statistical mechanics. This is intended to be a "study group" not a "seminar" – speakers are asked to proceed slowly and audience participation is actively encouraged. After each talk there is also the opportunity for further informal discussions in more relaxed surroundings.

Schedule: The list below gives a provisional outline of talks planned for this semester. Please note, however, that our schedule is fairly flexible to allow for the evolving interests of the group. As term progresses, the titles will be updated to link to any relevant resources (abstract, notes/slides, references etc.).

Organizer: Rosemary Harris; if you want to be on the group's mailing list, or perhaps want to give a talk yourself, please email me at

22 January
Christian da Silva Rodrigues
30 Jan (joint with Combinatorics Study Group)
4.30pm, G2
Stu Whittington
Counting knotted, unknotted and almost unknotted embeddings of graphs in lattices
11 Feb
4pm, 513
Kevin Judd
(University of Western Australia)
12 Feb (joint with DSSP seminar)
5pm, Maths Lecture Theatre
Gerhard Keller
5 March
Jake Simmons
(University of Oxford)

Previous seminars can be found in our archive.

Last modified: March 4, 2009